Pentax K-50 Review

September 16, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 M.

I don’t know what to say… I downloaded one of the library Raw images. While colours are pleasant, the barrel distortion is horrible, as well as the lack of sharpness at the borders (not to mention the corners). Even at the centre, the images are quite soft. And the JPEGs are overprocessed and noisy at 400 ISO. Definitely one to shoot Raw, needs better lenses.

11:03 pm - Monday, September 16, 2013

#2 dan

Never found Pentax noisy but then i never shot raw with mine. Have to completely agree about the lenses, i have never been impressed with their general lens quality.  I always ended up buying Sigmas. Really hoping Ricoh can improve the lens lineup (give me some more Q lenses Ricoh!).

8:54 am - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#3 Steve

This is effectively a more subdued looking k30, which is an excellent camera and offers great value for the price. If you put a good lens on it the image quality is really stand out. I often use the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens on my k30 and am amazed with its performance.

9:46 am - Thursday, September 19, 2013

#4 Best DSLR Camera

detail post I hope K50 willbe my next one

7:43 pm - Thursday, September 19, 2013

#5 Tord S Eriksson

My wife’s K-30 is an amazing update of my K-x, and this is just a step further! Far better than my old K-5, that really didn’t produce the images it should!

10:10 pm - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#6 Sophocles

I’m going to buy a K-50. Does anyone know if my Pentax-A 35-80mm fits in K-50’s body?

7:46 pm - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#7 Tord S Eriksson

Pretty sure it will fit, but better ask someone at Pentax!

10:33 am - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

#8 Dave C

ANy Pentax K-mount lens ever made, in fact almost all K-mount lenses made by anybody will work on your K50. That’s the advantage of Pentax!

10:57 am - Saturday, May 10, 2014

#9 Jim

After selling my Olympus DSLR a couple years ago and since been using a Canon bridge camera I have researched the heck right out of camera’s and at different times was ready to buy other camera’s, but held off because of a gut feeling and something just kept saying no… After going back and forth lately between the K-3, K-5 series, K-50, K-500.  I have ordered the K-50… Here is why: 1) Price, 2) Weather shield, 3) Image stabilization, 4) Image quality. The image quality is very minor between the above mentioned cameras.  K-3 24 megapixel vs K-50 16 megapixel, what you find is very little difference in quality because the K-3 pixel size is smaller 15.2 um(squared) vs K-50 pixel size of 22.9 um(squared) (about the same size pixel found in Nikon full frame D810)... Lacking some minor features that were not important to me I opted for the Pentax K-50.. Hear is what I was able to get Pentax K-50 w/18-55mm WR, 50-200mm WR, 32 gig memory card, Pentax AF-200FG P-TTL (swapped this flash out for a Bower SFD926P - $30 upgrade).  All for under $680.00… To me that is excellent bang for your bucks… especially since the K-3 image quality on one site was 80 and the K-50 was rated 79… Almost the same and close enough for me… And the Nikon D7100 rated at 83… (but a lot more money too)... I am a happy camper and the K-50 will do just fine for what I want to do with it… And I even have beer money left over, for those special times - for everything else there is Master Card… hahaha

11:34 pm - Monday, September 15, 2014

#10 Tord S Eriksson

I think you’ll be happy with your K-50 (which is mainly a repackaged K-30)!

Were out yesterday photographing birds, the wife using her K-30 + HD DA55-300, and me mainly using my Nikon V2 + her 70-300CX (took some with my D600 + 80-400 VR, too).

For BIF (birds in flight) she won the competition easily, while on the ground, and the water, the longer relative focal length of the lens on the V2 (crop factor 2.7), compared to the K-30’s (crop factor 1.5) was a big help.

Hope you’ll have a lot of fun with your kit!

12:02 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#11 Jim

Thanks Tord.

Yesterday I spent the day just as a discovery day with the camera.
I did reprogram the AF button to be AE lock instead, makes more sense to me for what I do and how I like to do it.
Gonna check into the RAW button to see if I can create a shortcut for something I may use more frequently.
Other than that the two lenses seem to be ok and doing their job.  No complaints with them.  The 50-200mm seems to be the one for outside trolling lens while the 18-55mm more for indoors… The 15-135mm would have been great as the carry around trolling lens but being poor I just didn’t have the bucks to go that route.  So I will make do with what I have and my smile will be just as big… It is the activity that is the most important thing anyway…
Crazy thing with the flash though.  I wasn’t paying too much attention but it seemed at first to work fine in TTL.  Then when I used TTL the pictures were like no flash at all even though it fired - seems to be firing before or after the shutter… However, here is the crazy part… If I put the flash in manual mode and set the zoom to auto the darn thing functions like TTL in that it auto zooms with the lens and picks up my ISO and aperture settings… Crazy eh?
Gonna mess with it some more and try to figure out if something went sideways (if so maybe return it for an exchange)... Oh well…

3:48 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#12 Jim

As I mentioned before the flash seemed to get quirky - I did do the firmware update from 1.00 to 1.02.. maybe the firmware affected the flash operation…  Maybe, Pentax changed some setting with relationship to TTL and the flash was programed to a different firmware version… I don’t have a clue… hahaha

3:51 pm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#13 Jim

Latest update - within a week I took about 2000 pictures and have no complaints at all… Many will say that the kit lenses are crap - I disagree.. Although a little soft around the edges - I look at this as a positive and not a negative… There are in camera setting to aid in sharpening pictures adjusting noise level etc.. The soft edges with the kit lenses are like auto-bokeh… lol… They force the viewer to focus on your subject instead of being distracted by something around the edges… I view this as a plus and use it to my advantage… With photography you want to emphasize your subject matter while at the same time try to de-emphasize the surrounding.. The soft edges of the kit lenses just make that task a little easier… My feelings are that you get more exciting and less boring pictures when you de-emphasize things that surround your subject… Bokeh does this exact thing… So the bottom line is - I find the kit lenses extremely useful and not crap at all.. But then again I use it to my advantage and take some nice exciting pictures and don’t spend all my time “pixel peeping” or worrying about if the top left hand corner pixel is as sharp as the center one (I don’t want it to be).. hahaha

9:50 pm - Monday, September 29, 2014

#14 Jim

This is for (M.) - I find your comments a little strong.  Do you base your evaluation on pictures that you took with your K-50 or someone elses pictures?
Let me help you out a little.  There is in camera setting for noise level at all ISO settings… so if you choose you can have NO processing for noise at any setting… Also in the camera there are setting and adjustments for barrel distortions as well as pincushion distortion… And a step further there is in camera adjustments for lateral chromatic aberrations.  There is also in camera adjustments for sharpness as well as other tuning adjustments…
And yes the camera is very capable of taking advantage of higher quality lenses but that is not to say that the kit lenses are crap because they are not and if you use the lenes to your advantage then they can produce striking results… Once someone takes the camera off of “Auto” mode, then wonderful things start to happen…
Once you make your settings and then put the results on paper with a printed picture you will be hard pressed (with your naked eye) to tell if the picture was taken with a K-50, K-3, or a full frame DSLR… Kit lens or otherwise… But blow the picture up 800% on a computer and concentrate on one pixel in the top corner and yea maybe there is a difference…
I you evaluated someone elses pictures maybe they didn’t make any of these in camera setting…
And there is no noise at 400iso It only starts to appear at around 3200 when blown up and viewed on a computer and can NOT be noticed on printed paper with the naked eye to the point of having any distraction value to the quality… It still is an acceptable print..
Quality of the paper print is what it is all about isn’t it?
My opinion is: - to heck with the lab test they only show data - the proof is in the final print to paper results..  The K-50 is no slouch even with a kit lens and holds it’s own very well amongst the competition… And superior in many ways…
The video stinks… hahaha

10:30 pm - Monday, September 29, 2014

#15 Jim

Let me explain my last comment in the last post.
The video quality is not what stinks it is the noise from the focus in the lens.
I understand why Pentax didn’t make it continuous auto focus in video - do you really want to listen to an electric drill every few seconds… lol
I didn’t get the K=50 for video I got it for stills.. I have another camera for video and it has a quiet power zoom (24-840mm to be exact) and a quiet focus to boot… It does what I need (I only took two videos in several years -15 years maybe)... hahaha
I would not care if the K-50 had no video I would still have bought it…

10:57 pm - Monday, September 29, 2014

#16 Judith

Just bought a brand new Pentax k50 camera with 18-135 lens.It looks like I have problem with the Mode Dial on the top of the camera.When I set it to Auto it stays in Movie mode. When I set it to Scene (SN)
it will be in User 1(U1)mode. It’s perfectly aligned
With the white indicator line. All the other modes are correct, corresponding to the letters on the dial, just those 2.
Do you think it’s a hardware or software problem? Tried many things, but it won’t change.
Anybody experienced that same problem,is there a fix, or should I return it to the dealer? Thanks

6:21 am - Monday, November 3, 2014

#17 Jim

You could try to reset the camera (menu #3 under the wrench icon) and also reset the the custom functions (menu #4 under the C icon).  Also, download and install the firmware update v-1.02.  If that doesn’t fix it, then ya probably want to exchange it.
Good luck

9:06 am - Monday, November 3, 2014

#18 ray

I would like to know from those who bought the pentax k50 in general that are you sastified
average over 80% or lower I am planning to byu it but some of the comments live me a bit in the dark.

2:29 pm - Friday, November 14, 2014

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